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Knicks hold off late Bucks’ run in turnover-filled win


NEW YORK– It was opening night for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden as the Milwaukee Bucks came to town, and it was a tale of two halves. The Knicks came out firing on all cylinders ceasing control of the game early and had a dominant 56-31 lead at halftime only to see it wiped away.

Milwaukee was able to right the ship in the second half and make a run, despite being without starting point guard Brandon Knight who injured his hamstring, and did not return after leaving in the first quarter. Bucks newcomer Gary Neal stepped in place for Knight and had 16 points with his new team.

While the Knicks were able to shoot 51% of the field led by Carmelo Anthony’s 19 points, and Raymond Felton’s 18 points, the team committed 22 turnovers, the two teams combined for a total of 45. Although they blew their 25-point lead, it was former Defensive Player Of the Year, Tyson Chandler propelling the Knicks to victory.

An alley-oop from Felton to Chandler and a huge block towards the end sealed the win as the Knicks went on a late 10-2 run to give them their first win on the season.

Milwaukee can only hope to get good news on their point guard Brandon Knight, who was diagnosed with a strained hamstring as they struggled without him.

The Knicks must clean up the sloppy ball handling as they head to Chicago on Thursday night to take on Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls who are looking to makeup for their season opening loss to the Miami Heat.

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